2020: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Danny, 20th Nov 2019.

  1. Mr Pearse

    Mr Pearse TowersStreet Member

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    Merlin want money more then anything. A company that has lost many many millions of pounds will do anything to bring money back in. Just one of those things at the moment and it’s just the merlin way. Yes it’s annoying but it was to be expected.
     
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  2. imanautie

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    Your better of asking me to check on the passholder package

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  3. Josh555

    Josh555 TowersStreet Member

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    Which is fair enough if that’s the case
    Firstly - I’m not convinced that the likes of Hex and Duel couldn’t open in a COVID secure way - I’m struggling to see the difference between an indoor ride and a large high street shop if the crowds are properly managed.

    Secondly, if I’m wrong on the above point then the reason why said rides are unable to open in a COVID secure way will have been known to Merlin in advance and should therefore be advertised and ideally, reflected in the ticket price.

    It’s a complete joke to not mention the fact that significant portions of the park will be shut and people excuse it ‘because of COVID,’ this isn’t anything new, it’s been happening for years and they now have a new excuse.
     
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  4. AT86

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    COVID-19 is the new TLC.
     
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  5. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

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    The most we can hope for is a tiny easy to miss single line text notice on the website and signage at admissions such as they did for RMT a while back.

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  6. MakoMania

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    Towers is shambolic today, yesterday was so much better, although much of it isn't the park's fault.

    The entireity of X-Sector is closed for high winds, Nemesis closed for a "medical incident" with ambulances on-site, Rapids down, back half of the park closed (still unannounced) again.
     
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  7. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    Well I see it's wicker man running the show of carrying Alton towers again
     
  8. skyscraper

    skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    That's not good, hope all involved are ok.
     
  9. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

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    It's surprisingly routine for medical emergencies to occur at major park
    Mind you wouldn't surprise me if the mask requirements cause additional incidents.

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  10. ScottishChris

    ScottishChris TowersStreet Member

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    I think with Hex, the pre-show is such a massive part of the ride, I can understand why they may have chosen not to open it. Plus, bench seats are a bit of a nightmare for keeping people apart.

    No excuse for duel though. If they can open Sharkbait Reef, they could easily open Duel. Just give the guns a wipe between users and only load every 3rd car.

    What I hate about Merlin is the half-truths and inability to be honest. If they came out and said 'a number of attractions will be closed to allow us to re-deploy staff to cleaning duties' - we would get it. If they were honest and said 'X number of passholder slots are available each day - this is to aid our cashflow' - we would get it. If they come out and say 'Rita and Thirteen will be closed as we have chosen to open all rides in other areas' - we may not be happy, but we would get it. All this nonsense about the weight of the train when that can be easily fixed.

    Just be up-front and honest. People might not always like it, but [as customers] we would at least know where we stand!
     
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  11. Dave

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    I can see why Hex is closed, you can’t control the flow of people through it. I have a harder time understanding Duel, but as I have said before if it’s budgetary you would have picked a more staff heavy ride. I suspect it’s an overzealous H&S risk assessment.

    Sounds like as per usual the park have managed to mess up reopening.
     
  12. Ethan

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    I'm going to the park on the 15th so just wondering if, I don't know if this is a silly question, Rita will be open by then
     
  13. spinba11

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    Probably not.
     
  14. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    Well they did say that they're looking to have it open in the 'coming days' so I'm not sure what they mean by that
     
  15. skyscraper

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    Wouldn't get your hopes up. Do we know if it's a technical issue?
     
  16. Ethan

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    Oh I'm not getting my hopes up. Quite honestly I couldn't give a honk if it's open but my family quite like it so more about them
     
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  17. ScottishChris

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    If they have closed the bottom end of the park - it would be surprising if they would open it for one ride.
     
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  18. Yalnix

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    Truthfully I think you just gotta take it as it comes. If you're an hour away from the park and have a MAP then you can probably afford the half a day out, especially when people haven't had a proper day out in ages.

    However of your further away, or don't have a MAP, it probably isn't worth it but I wouldn't necessarily lay the blame on towers themselves. We live in unprecedented times, and the ability to go to a theme park this (surprising) early in the pandemic I think is a privilege really anyway. I had expected parks to open September.

    I've seen a lot of ragers on Facebook. I think you can guess which page. They need to temper expectations. We're still averaging 100+ deaths a day. I can see why a business might choose to not take unnecessary risks. Especially when taking them could lead to the whole affair getting shutdown again just like that.
     
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  19. skyscraper

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    They've just announced on social media that they are offering free return visits due to today's issues.
     
  20. BarryZola

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    If I'd gone today I'd ask for my £1 booking fee back :D
     
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